I am stronger than
depression and anxiety.
I can say I had bouts of depression on and off throughout most of my life but things began to spiral out of control in my mid-twenties when my depression and anxiety were at their all-time high. I lost my aunt who was like a mother to me, ended a long term relationship and lost my job, all in the same year. Read about my story here.
Through years of trial and error, I began to implement small things in my daily life that would help me cope and feel better. I had a few affirmations that I would always refer to when I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. I would tell myself “This isn’t real, I am in control” and “I am stronger than this moment, this will soon pass”. I learned to take controlled rhythmic breaths to help calm my nerves, four seconds in, hold for two seconds and release for four seconds. I would repeat this approximately five to ten times until I felt better. I also made sure to exercise at least fifteen minutes a day three to four times a week as well as focus on eating clean and removing triggers like alcohol, caffeine and added sugars as best as I could. None of this was easy. It took me many years to gain control of my life again.
We're in this together.
"Be the change that creates the world you want to live in." – Jose Batista
My name is Jose Batista and I am the founder of Depression and Anxiety Sucks. We are here to provide an online community for those who are living with depression and anxiety. I am sharing my story in the hopes that others may recognize that they are not alone in their struggles and that help is available.
I had a corporate job for twenty years: My responsibilities included everything from planning to purchasing, as well as managing a team of thirty employees in a fast-paced environment. Leading a team takes a good deal of confidence. On the outside, I appeared to have that confidence. But on the inside, I was hurting and full of self-doubt – something nobody could have guessed. My journey of self-discovery brought me to the sobering realization that I was dealing with anxiety and depression.
You can win.
I have always been actively involved in sports and fitness. As a teenager, I can remember being very competitive. It wasn’t something I was taught, it was something I developed in order to participate in the sports that were being played by my peers, particularly basketball. When I started I wasn’t very good and was teased constantly. Whenever I wasn’t in school I would be at the basketball court working on drills. Sometimes I would get up to practice as early as 6 am. I did this for four years, at which point I became better than most of the kids I competed against. This personal victory taught me the power of self-perseverance. At the age of nineteen, I began lifting weights, which taught me the importance of taking care of my mind and body. In one year I bulked up from 145 lbs to 186 lbs of muscle naturally.
I believe this will to compete and improve myself eventually laid the groundwork for me to continue fighting against depression and anxiety when the symptoms began to get a hold of my life. Sports gave me the confidence that with hard work and a good attitude you can achieve anything. It gave me and continues to give me the mental and physical strength to keep pushing forward. When depression and anxiety hit, I looked at it as something else I needed to overcome.
of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.
There is help.
While I have not come up with a cure, I have figured out ways to manage my depression and anxiety to the point where it no longer limits me from doing the things I want to do. I use it as a source of strength knowing that I can overcome anything.
I want to share my story and experiences in hopes that it will inspire someone else to push through and live a happier, healthier and more productive life.